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Updating Retail Windows 8 with 8.1 RTM

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    Updating Retail Windows 8 with 8.1 RTM


    I have a machine that has an activated retail windows 8 that came from the upgrade offer.

    I just downloaded the 8.1 RTM from technet and burned the ISO install media to a DVD.

    Will it work to upgrade the retail windows 8 with the RTM DVD by simply doing a setup.exe from within windows 8?

    Will it retain the original permanent retail key after the upgrade?

    Also, I'm assuming that any additional changes to the 8.1 will come through online updates so it will get caught up to whatever is released to the general public?

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    As far as I know, you can't run an upgrade 8 to 8.1 using the iso. There might be some fiddly workarounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    As far as I know, you can't run an upgrade 8 to 8.1 using the iso. There might be some fiddly workarounds.
    Interesting. Guess I;m confused. I read an article by Ed Bott earlier today and this he mentioned the following:

    "This is a full copy of Windows 8.1, which means you can use it to install on new hardware, or you can upgrade an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation. If you upgrade from Windows 8, you can keep all your apps (including desktop programs) and files. If you boot from a USB flash drive or DVD to start the install, you must do a clean install. If an existing copy of Windows is on the target drive when you do that install, it gets moved to a new Windows.old folder."

    Here is the actual link.

    Windows 8.1 RTM: What's new, what's next? | ZDNet
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    Windows 8.1 RTM: What's new, what's next? | ZDNet

    Do I need a product key?

    Yes, you do. MSDN subscribers get five product keys for Core and Pro, respectively. TechNet subscribers get three keys for each edition. Each key can be used for multiple online activations.
    The new Windows 8.1 key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Windows 8.1 RTM: What's new, what's next? | ZDNet

    Do I need a product key?

    Yes, you do. MSDN subscribers get five product keys for Core and Pro, respectively. TechNet subscribers get three keys for each edition. Each key can be used for multiple online activations.
    The new Windows 8.1 key.
    If I run it as an upgrade will it not retain the original retail product key? In this case I want a non-expiring key.
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    Type in your new product key to replace the old key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Type in your new product key to replace the old key.

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    It won't allow you to put in the original retail product key? Is this going to be different then when people attempt to do the upgrade via the online store and they don't have a new key?
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    Is this going to be different then when people attempt to do the upgrade via the online store and they don't have a new key?
    No need for a new product key, when using MS Store UPDATE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Is this going to be different then when people attempt to do the upgrade via the online store and they don't have a new key?
    No need for a new product key, when using MS Store UPDATE.
    So it handles the store update different than DVD media update with regard to original product key?
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    Try it and see.
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